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LSUTyger76
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Dec 2007
632 posts

Data Recovery
First time on the Tech Board and need some help! Figured I'd reach out to the experts.

Have a Seagate 2TB external hard drive (yeah I know they suck!) that is no longer being recognized by my desktop or Xbox. The only device that will recognize it is my work laptop, but I can't recover the data because it's now write-protected and I don't have admin privileges to change it.

Any suggestions or recommendations on a data recovery program?? Your help is GREATLY appreciated.


Slingscode
Rice Fan
Houston, TX
Member since Sep 2011
1284 posts

re: Data Recovery
If you have read access to it, I'd recommend you run right out to a local computer store (or Amazon overnight) and pickup another hard drive. Then copy everything you need to the new drive while you can.


LSUTyger76
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Dec 2007
632 posts

re: Data Recovery
It won't let me copy any of the files because it says they are write-protected :(


Slingscode
Rice Fan
Houston, TX
Member since Sep 2011
1284 posts

re: Data Recovery
Sounds pretty F'ed then.

Speaking from personal experience, if you send it to a Data Recover company, do not accept their initial cost estimate.

You should be able to get them to drop their price to at least 1/2 of their quote. I was able to get the quote reduced by 3/4.

Good luck to you.


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jambrous
LSU Fan
Member since Jun 2010
325 posts

re: Data Recovery
LINK /

I will swear by this company until the day I die. I have never had customer service as good as what they provided. If you send your drive anywhere else, you're doing data recovery wrong. It sounds too good to be true, but trust me it's not.


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dakarx
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re: Data Recovery
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won't let me copy any of the files because it says they are write-protected


What format is the filesystem? Not sure I follow how write protected mode stops you from reading the files...unless that's some peculiar NTFS thing,

I'm from the Unix/Linux side of things where we can read just about any disk format and things like filesystem perms seldom present a challenge.


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